Emergency Aid Resources

The Artists’ Fellowship Inc. encourages you to research, consider and apply for aid where appropriate. The Language in quotes and italics is from the websites of the individual organizations. You must do your own research.


The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation 
(Emergency Grants Program)
380 West Broadway 
New York, NY 10012 
(212) 226-0581 

"…to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.

The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. Language in quotes and italics is from the websites of the individual organizations. You must do your own research. The Artists Fellowship encourages you to research, consider and apply for aid where appropriate."

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
863 Park Avenue 
New York, NY 10075 
(212) 517-5400 

"The Pollock-Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time."

(Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc.) 
535 Stone Cutters Way Suite 202 
Montpelier, VT 05602 
(802) 229-2306 

"An applicant must be a professional artist working in a craft discipline (such as potter, metalsmith, glass artist, woodworker, fiber artist or furniture maker) who has had a recent, career-threatening emergency and be a legal U.S. resident. In addition to submitting a completed application form, an applicant is required to provide documentation about his/her craft career and the emergency"

Hero Initiative
11301 Olympic Blvd, #587 
Los Angeles, CA 90064 
(626) 676-6354 

"An applicant must have been a working comic book writer, penciler, inker, colorist, or letterer on a work-for-hire basis for no less than 10 years since January 1, 1934. An applicant must demonstrate to the Hero Disbursement Committee adequate evidence of financial need via verbal and written documentation."

Joan Mitchell Foundation 
137 West 25th Street, 2nd Floor 
New York, NY 10001 
(212) 524-0100 

"Established in 1993 the Joan Mitchell Foundation was established to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to aid and assist contemporary artists and to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. 

With offices in New York City and New Orleans, the Foundation annually awards grants nationally, by nomination, to individual artists. It is artist centered, diverse in demographics and perspectives, responsive, comprehensive and sustainable. 

The Painters and Sculptors Grant Program offers unrestricted career support, and the Emerging Artist Grant Program offers early career artists both unrestricted career support and professional development. The Emergency Grant Program provides funding after natural or man-made disasters that have affected a community, and from 1997-2012 the MFA Grant Program supported artists as they graduated from their respective programs. 

Since 1994 the Foundation has awarded grants to nearly 1000 artists. In the last 20 years it has provided direct funding to over 100 arts organizations and currently collaborates with a number of community partners to support artists through professional development."

The Haven Foundation 
The Haven Foundation 
P. O. Box 128 
Brewer, ME 04412 

"A freelance qualified person. The Foundation defines the group to include all persons connected with the artistic or entertainment industries including, but not limited to authors, actors, singers, dancers, directors, producers, choreographers, musicians, artists, screenwriters, technical support professionals or other performers. The Foundation considers the following media categories as part of the entertainment industry: books (including audio books), movies, music, theatre, dance and television.

The qualified person must have experienced a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected the qualified person’s ability to produce, perform and/or market his/her work and, thus, creates the need for immediate relief funds and/or assistance. The Foundation is not able to assist in situations of financial need that result solely from lack of employment, poor sales and/or poor business practices.

Please Note: There has been some confusion between The Haven Foundation’s web site (www.thehavenfdn.org) and another (also named Haven Foundation) web site (www.havenfoundation.org). We are not affiliated with that foundation or their web site and do not provide grants to assist with writing and/or publication." 

New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street, 7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
P: (212) 366-6900
F: (212) 366-1778

"Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. In 2009, NYFA extended its programs and services throughout the United States and the international community. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program awards $7,000 grants to individual and collaborative artists living and working in New York State."